It's often only when our fathers are no longer around that we realise all we wanted to say. To celebrate Father's Day, 11 well-known New Zealanders share those things left unsaid.
Fatherhood is one of the most important yet least celebrated institutions in society, a role still rarely examined in the media, save for the recording of bitter claim and counterclaim stemming from Family Court proceedings. Nobody can even say how many fathers there are in New Zealand. No one has ever counted. The best we can do is add the number of couples with children (407,793) to the number of sole-father families (33,366) to get an estimate of 441,159. But as Victoria University family researcher Jan Pryor says, "We're understanding a lot more about just how important fathers are", ...
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